“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
This is a famous Bible verse about sacrifice. It’s also one of the most convicting Bible verses I’ve ever read. The reason is because denying yourself to take up your cross daily is a very difficult task, and it’s required if we are to claim that we follow Jesus. Anyone who thinks this is easy is probably deceiving themselves. Let’s break this verse down into its two commands. The first command is to deny oneself. This is the lifelong struggle of anyone who has given their lives to the Lord. But when the verse says that we must deny ourselves, it’s not saying that we need to move into a monastery somewhere and deny all physical pleasures and desires. When the verse says that we must deny ourselves, it’s really talking about the sinful nature. The Bible says elsewhere that we need to crucify the sinful nature with its passions and desires. We need to deny our sinful nature so that our redeemed nature can come out and shine.
The second part of the verse talks about taking up our cross daily. This can have multiple interpretations, but since this is my website, I’ll give you mine The Bible says that all of God’s laws can be summed up in one single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. The Bible also says that we ought to bear one another’s burdens in love. This, to me, is what it means to take up my cross daily, to love my neighbor and try and help him bear his burdens. The reason why I think that is because of the nature of what the cross is. When Jesus was on the cross, He bore our burden of sin. If I am to take up my cross, to me it means that I need to help bear the burdens of my neighbor and help lead him closer to God. But that’s just my interpretation. Either way, this is a great Bible verse about sacrifice and what we need to do to be selfless and grow closer to God.